Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Rushton Hurley Beams-in from San Jose

Wednesday, August 22 - Today we had a unique opportunity to video conference with Rushton Hurley from San Jose. While we were connecting with him early in the morning at 7:00 AM CST, Rushton was bright and cheery even though it was 5:00 AM PST.

Leigh began the program part of the meeting with a Pun-search of the program posting online to see who won the "How Many Puns on the Page" context.  Cindi Hahn won the award. This was followed by the main attraction, Rushton Hurley from San Jose. 

Video conferencing with Mr. Hurley goes to show you that the Cedar Falls Kiwanis Rough Risers Club will "go to any distance" to provide amazing speakers for our programs.  This week we enjoyed connecting with Rushton Hurley. The only catch was that Rushton lives in San Jose so we "Zoomed" him into our meeting. Zoom is a video conferencing tool - similar to Skype but MUCH better. 

Rushton is a Kiwanian where he goes to face-to-face meetings, but he is also a member of the Rotary e-Club of Silicon Valley. This club uses technology and innovation to facilitate club meetings online.  San Jose is so large and busy that it is virtually impossible for members to rendezvous in a central location in a timely fashion; so they conduct their meetings online on Mondays using a video conferencing program, Zoom. 
Their programs are recorded using Zoom as well so they have speakers from all over the world. They can record them any time of the day or night and they post them on their website for their members to review them at their convenience.
Rushton is a High School Japanese Language Educator in the San Jose School System.  Since he meets his Kiwanian members online, it frees him up to also belong to another service club of Rotarian fellowship.  The main fundraiser for his Kiwanian Club is an area wine tasting event that they host and it is very well received.

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